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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Isakson Slams Obama Administration for Playing Politics with Troop Funding

Calls on Senate Democrats to reject 'irresponsible, shameful' strategy, approve critical funding for our warfighters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today blasted Democrats for playing political games with national defense and funding for our troops after an internal memo from the Obama administration was leaked detailing its political strategy to veto the national defense bill.

Isakson called the move ‘shockingly irresponsible and outright shameful’ and urged his Senate colleagues to reject this strategy ahead of tonight’s vote on the defense spending bill, which was previously blocked by Democrats in July.

“I am appalled by the new low that this partisan administration has sunk to, blatantly playing politics with funding for our troops,” said Isakson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “As if it weren’t enough that Senate Democrats continue to filibuster funding for active-duty troops and our veterans, now the Pentagon is putting politics over national defense with the shockingly irresponsible and outright shameful political strategy laid out in its memo leaked over the weekend. I urge my Democrat colleagues in the Senate to abandon political games and support critical funding for our warfighters who deserve far better from this administration.”

The Defense Appropriations Act supports the Department of Defense’s ability to combat growing global threats including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) while also adhering to the bipartisan budget deal that Democrats have previously agreed to. It includes funding for key military assets and manufacturing in Georgia, such as the A-10 Thunderbolt II, Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), Ohio Class Submarine replacement program, National Guard and Reserve equipment and the Rocket Engine program.